THIS BLOG is NOW RETIRED

I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

David Rovics: We Are Everywhere

To my fellow activists now struggling through life - let this be a reminder that you are not alone and that we desperately need you here. All the injustice, grief, war, and human suffering calls for us to stay and do everything we can about it - you can't help us anymore when you're gone. Don't give up the fight - your last shred of hope may just keep someone else alive, too.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Arizona Reinstates Use of Outdoor Cages

The new and improved policies for keeping people in cages ("temporary holding enclosures") are described under Department Order 704.09 on the ADC website. Director Ryan identified the location of this policy for us to examine himself, which I do appreciate, even though at this hour I drip with sarcasm.

Also interesting are the policies under Department Order 804 on Inmate Behavior Control, lest there be any doubt about the necessity of routine violence to operate a prison. We will never have peace so long as we depend on prisons to maintain it: violence begets violence.

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